News of two possible vaccines for COVID-19 have given Americans hope at a time when it is needed most as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. This promising news has also emphasized the need to make certain that home care workers are included in the first group to receive the vaccine.
Last week, HCAOA launched a nationwide effort to communicate this message to officials responsible for developing their state’s distribution plans. State chapter leaders and other members are urged to send a letter outlining our industry’s request. To view states’ vaccine distribution plans, click here.
“It is critical that officials hear from the home care industry at this time,” said HCAOA Executive Director Vicki Hoak. “Our frontline workers deserve to be recognized for the essential role they play in keeping older Americans safe and at home.” To view a sample letter, click here.
The federal government, through Operation Warp Speed, has been working since the pandemic started to make one or more COVID-19 vaccines available as soon as possible. Although CDC does not have a role in developing COVID-19 vaccines, CDC has been working closely with health departments and partners to develop vaccination plans for when a vaccine is available. Click here for more information on vaccines.